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Recognition for Vote For Turtle!


Vote For Turtle is the winner of the Firebird Children's Book award! Click the link to learn more about the Firebird Book Awards.

In The News

Join me at the Tattered Cover Stanley Marketplace on August 27th for storytime and a book signing!

Check out my blog interview on Susanna Leonard Hill's Tuesday Debut blog:


What People Are Saying

Vote for Turtle shows how democracy can be both beautiful and fun!  Kids will enjoy the journey of “Turtle” from classroom idea to state symbol, and learn how even the smallest ones can make a big difference in their community.

Tony Robinson, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado at Denver


If there’s one thing we need kids to learn about these days, it’s how to make a difference. This inspiring book, with warm illustrations, tells the story of a group of kids who take an idea from their classroom to the state Capitol, where it becomes law. It’s a sweet dose of civics combined with an easy introduction to natural history.

Jason Salzman, Colorado Book Award Winner, Author of “Making the News, A Guide for Nonprofits and Activists”, and Editor of the Colorado Times Recorder

Vote for Turtle is a great story of action civics. Jana has done a wonderful job of explaining civics in an understandable way to young people. It's not an abstract idea, it's about how you choose to live your life.

Chris Gates, Former President of the National Civic League


What a great way to help students learn how to get involved in making change! Readers will learn along with Ella and her third-grade classmates about how a bill becomes a law as she campaigns for the painted turtle to be recognized as our state reptile. The delightful story and adorable illustrations would be a fantastic addition to my classroom library, and I can't wait to share it as a read-aloud during our civics lessons.

Diane Santorico, Elementary Educator

Vote for Turtle is a delightful story of how we work together in community to vote responsibly. It explores the idea of how we choose a state symbol and also has many facts children will enjoy about the painted turtle!

Carrie Esposito, Writer and Educational Consultant

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